LIFE: Learning In Forever Status

My best friend Tina wrote this a few nights ago.

So, you think you know yourself. But do you really? As I see it, life is a constant learning experience. It’s a mystery in which you have to discover everything. You can either let someone outside help, help you in each discovery, or do it on your own. You can look to religion as your guide, and/or other people for advice and help. Either way, you are constantly learning about something. You are learning about yourself, friends, and everything else that comes with life. I believe that you learn about yourself everyday. I also believe that to be a good, true friend, you must look to learn something new from them everyday. You might think you know someone, but since that person is still discovering him/herself, how can you know everything?

I personally am learning something new about myself and my closest friends all the time! It’s okay not to know everything cuz it isn’t possible. For us, we don’t have all the answers so we must look for them. However, God is truly the only one who knows all the answers. We are sorta left for trial and error on our own. With God’s help, things might be a little easier as He helps us discover ourselves. But no matter what, we must learn to love ourselves and be okay with who we are!

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Update

Hi ya’ll. I know I have been gone for a couple months but I’m back! So many amazing things have happened since last I posted. First, I worked as a counselor for two weeks at Camp Summers and Manget in Cameron, South Carolina. That was such a great experience! I have always loved working with kids and I so enjoyed being a counselor at a Christian camp.

During that time something even more amazing happened. The Bible says in Proverbs 37:4, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” As I was doing God’s work at camp, He sent the desire of my heart. That would be a significant other that will hopefully become my spouse later on down the line. My friend Nic asked me to be his girlfriend on June 27th. And of course I said yes.

I went to camp myself too this month and had an amazing experience. Almost everybody there was moved by the spirit including myself. I rededicated my life to Christ on the last night of camp. You may know that I have been struggling through a period of depression in my life this year. But God has pulled me out of that and I am so grateful. So I realigned my heart with His at camp. I still struggle on some days but I am so much better than I was a month ago.

This summer is not over quite yet though. I still have several more trips to go on before leaving for college at the end of next month. God has provided the funds for me to go without having to pay a dime out of my own pocket. He is so great! I am so excited for this next season in life. Please make sure to keep me in your prayers.

I’m getting back into the blogging game. My break is hopefully over and I am going to start posting again. I also set up a Instagram account for the blog so go follow it @weare.youngtheologians. And check out my personal Instagram @save_by_music_and_grace. I love ya’ll so much and thanks for sticking around while I reset my life. Have a great rest of the summer! God bless.

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Outward vs. Inward

It seems to me that the church often judges people on the outward appearance. This saddens me greatly. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Samuel learned a great lesson that day which we can learn too.

Let me give you a modern day example. Say someone walked into your church Sunday. This person has several tattoos and a nose piercing. Are you going to shun them or accept them? I have noticed that a lot of people would choose the first option. But no this is not what Christ would do. He would go to that person and welcome them. He does not look on the outward appearance. He looks at the person’s heart.

I am not trying to bash anyone with this post. I am just as guilty of judging the outside as anyone else. But lately God has been showing me how wrong that is. So personally I have made the decision to get to know someone before I turn them away. Just because someone has tattoos or piercings does not mean they are not a Christian. Anyone who tells you that is lying. God does not judge the outside, He judges by the condition of your heart.

I don’t know how much sense that makes but this has been really bothering me lately. I have been praying and thinking on the topic a lot. So what are your thoughts? I would really like to discuss this more and find out what my fellow Christians think. Is it wrong to say someone can’t be saved just because they don’t look like the perfect mold? God bless!

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Faith

Those all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

Hebrews 11:13 NKJV

This past weekend I was at a Christian retreat in the mountains of Georgia. I love going there because there is no cell service and so it is like you are in another world. No outside contact or influence from the messed up world we live in. You can really focus on God there.

During the last service, Sunday night, the above verse stood out to me. Hebrews 11 is known as the “faith chapter.” I encourage you to go read it but for now lets focus on verse 13.

The writer of Hebrews goes over many different examples of people from history that lived in faith in God. These people lived on faith. They did not see the product of their faith though. But they still believed in God’s plan for their lives until they died. That is what all Christians should do. We need to believe and have faith that God will lead us. He has a plan for our lives and He uses everything we go through for good. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

God bless!

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Verses to Live By

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

James 1:19-20

These verses are ones we can all live by. As Christians we are to listen to our fellow man, particularly our family in Christ. Sit down with your brother or sister in need. Listen to them. Sometimes if one is hurting that is all they need. We are also to think before we speak. This will keep us from lashing out in anger. Being slow to wrath is probably the most important instruction from these verses. If we do not control our anger many people can get hurt, particularly the ones we love. So be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath. God bless and ya’ll have a great week.

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For the Lord

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.

Colossians 3:23

This is one of those verses that are great to memorize. Or if you have a bad memory like me, put on a post it note. Everything we do should be done for the Lord. And it should be done heartily or joyfully.

Friday night was the graduation ceremony for the homeschool group I belong to. I have officially graduated high school! This summer is going to be very busy and the next four years at college will be too. I do my best to remember to follow the above verse. When I clean toilets while working at camp I do it for the Lord. When I am completing a paper for class I do it for the Lord. Many times I will forget to do that and get discouraged. But when I remember to do my work as for the Lord I am given strength. With God nothing is impossible, Philippians 4:13.

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Gone

Lately I have been loving the song Gone by Red. It has a beautiful message. What is your legacy, is the question asked. What will people remember when you are dead and gone? “When I’m gone, when I fade away, is the air I breathe my only legacy? When I’m gone.” I love the message of this song and it is such a good reminder. You can watch the music video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atUwZlW6gEM.

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I’m 18!!!

I am officially an adult this morning! I am also graduating next weekend. So I decided to share my graduation speech with y’all. Here it is. Enjoy and God bless!

Today I am not going to talk much about my past, but my future. My past has formed me, yeah, but it’s not my sole focus. My focus is on the future. My focus is on the plan God has for me and the road He is leading me on. Right now that appears to be youth ministry.

I have felt the calling to youth for a long time. Currently I have a blog for Christians 12 and up called We are Young Theologians or WAYT. My hope is that one day I will be able to start a youth ministry called WAYT for teens and young adults in the Orangeburg/Calhoun area. It will provide a loving, Christian environment along with meals and study help for those who need it. But until then I am going to work on preparing for that time. My life verse is 1 Timothy 4:12 which says, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” I want to do big things for God and nothing is going to stop me.

God has given me a gift for writing that I want to use for His glory. So at the end of August I will be starting college at Bob Jones University to get a degree in English with a focus on creative writing. I will also be minoring in ministry. I plan on honing in on my God-given talents while I am at BJU. Along with writing and ministry I’m going to take some music classes.

I have had a love for music for a long time. It makes me so very happy. I play guitar and ukulele and I write my own songs. There is a song I love by my favorite band, Need to Breathe, called Garden that really inspires me. The chorus says, “Let the songs I sing bring joy to You. Let the words I say confess my love. Let the notes I choose be Your favorite tune. Father let my heart be after You.” I want every song I sing and word I write to bring glory to God. That is my life’s calling.

It is a very scary idea to be heading out into the real world in a few months. I’m going to college and leaving my family and friends. It is a bit nerve racking. But I know that God is calling me to do three things: youth ministry, writing, and music. I made a vow to God to do whatever He might call me to do. This is the prayer I wrote that night two years ago.

Jesus, You know my heart, my actions, my words. You know I am a follower, not just a fan. I gave my life to You almost ten years ago. I haven’t looked back. I went through trials and tribulations but I always came out stronger. Thank You for that Lord. Thank you. Whatever you ask of me I will do. You know that for sure. Again, tonight, I give-no-pledge my heart to You. Use me for Your will, Jesus, not mine.

Since then God has opened many doors for me and has been pointing me in the right direction. And I trust Him to lead me where I need to go. I try to live by the words of Audrey Hepburn when she said, “The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present, and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.” So here I go, stepping out into a new part of my life. And I am going to trust and follow God through this and every season that comes along. And I shall succeed in what God wants me to do. One of my amazing friends, who wishes to stay unnamed, wrote this which inspires me greatly. “Define succeed. To try in its own right is to succeed. Not everyone’s willing to go far enough to put forth an effort so if you do, especially if you give it everything, you’ve already succeeded.”

Hey!

Hi ya’ll. I bet you are wondering why I haven’t been posting a lot this month. Well it is the last few weeks of high school for me so I’m a bit stressed out. But don’t worry more blog posts are coming soon! I’m just trying to focus on school right now. I plan on getting back to my daily posts once the school year is over. I hope you have a great rest of the month. God bless!

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

A few days ago I finally was able to watch the newest episode added to the Star Wars franchise. And I loved it! It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me fear for the characters lives. I didn’t even mind that it was two and a half hours long.

One of the saddest lines in the film is spoke by Ben Solo, aka Kylo Ren. He tells Rey, “Let your past die. Kill it. That’s the only way to become who you were meant to be.” He was speaking of the time in episode 7 where he killed his father, Han Solo. The fact that this is what the character believes made my soul cry out in agony.

My favorite line is spoken by Master Yoda. “The greatest teacher failure is.” Sometimes I wonder if this line was in response not only to Luke’s questions but also to Kylo’s statement about the past. You should not let your past die. Learn from it. Failure is your greatest teacher.

Overall this movie is one of my favorites and I would happily watch it again. I love how the writers add in lessons in life that we can use. The lessons are not just for the characters. I encourage you to watch it and learn from it like I did. God bless and may the force be with you.

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